Community Organizations

Students at the Elkhart Area Career Center have the opportunity to show off their skills, compete for championships and scholarship dollars through SkillsUSA and FFA.



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Who We Are

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events, and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

Mission Statement: SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors, and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.

The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

2020-2021 SkillsUSA State Winners

Student Home School Award Competition
Teshai Bean Elkhart East Gold Audio/Radio Production
Gwyneth Dorman Elkhart West Gold Esthetics
Koleman Gerencer Elkhart West Gold Motorcycle Service Technology
Sam Markanich Jimtown Gold Power Equipment Technology
Conner Merrill Concord Gold Diesel Equipment Technology
Blake Miller Northridge Gold Audio/Radio Production
Wyatt Pearce Penn Homeschooled Gold 3-D Visualization and Animation
Brett Warman Northridge Gold 3-D Visualization and Animation
Alejandro Agguire Concord Silver Collision Repair Technology
Deven Duttenhaver Edwardsburg Silver Diesel Equipment Technology
Devlyn Quiroz Elkhart East Silver Welding
Alexander Robakowski Elkhart East Silver Marine Service Technology
Daniel Tavernier Elkhart East Silver Power Equipment Technology
Andrew Brunson Elkhart East Bronze Power Equipment Technology
Caden Lee Northridge Homeschooled Bronze Architectural Drafting
Justin Teague Edwardsburg Bronze Motorcycle Service Technology
Anna Vaughn Northridge Bronze Job Skill Demonstration A



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FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation and a sustainable world.

Why Join FFA

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.

  • Be a part of the largest student organization in the world.
  • Apply for more than $2 million in scholarships.
  • Meet new friends from across the country.
  • Learn skills that will help you in your future career.
  • Compete on leadership and judging teams.
  • Do your part in helping to provide food and fiber to the world.